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Pluto Production presents

Finishing Touches +Post Show Discussion

Fri 11 May, 8:00pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £12 (£10 Concessions) , approx running time: 60mins (no interval) + 20mins Q&A

FINISHING TOUCHES is a commissioned new play by award winning Yorkshire playwright Brian Daniels that explores the impact of childhood sexual abuse. 

Q&A led by Prof. Nick Frost, Chair of Calderdale’s Safeguarding Children Board.

 

Relationships, friendships and life changing events…

Relations between mother and daughter Carol and Dawn, are at breaking point with family friend Neil struggling to maintain the equilibrium. But a chance encounter between Neil and policeman Roy, a friend he hasn’t seen since boarding school, prises the lid from another problematic can of worms. As four lives become increasingly intertwined, their owners unearth the courage to look back, relive and step forward in this dynamic, modern production.

Finishing Touches is a contemporary look at the impact of childhood sexual abuse on four survivors at various ages and stages of adult life. As four lives become increasingly intertwined, their owners unearth the courage to look back, relive and step forward in this dynamic, modern production.

A play by Brian Daniels
Proudly supported by Leigh Day

 

“We found the whole experience profoundly moving and accurate – my sons found it compelling”

Sharon North – Crown Prosecution Service and Detective Inspector.

 

“the playwright…. Brian Daniels always pursues themes that are both challenging and enlightening” Prof. Nick Frost, Independent Chair, Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board.

 

FINISHING TOUCHES came about when Dr Liz Davies, Reader in Child Protection at London Metropolitan University attended a performance of Brian’s play WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE which explored the impact on lives of children brought up in the care system in West Yorkshire and inspired by Richard McCann, ‘’Just A Boy’, whose mother, Wilma McCann was the first victim of the Yorkshire Ripper. Dr Davies approached the playwright to write a new play about issues around historical child sexual abuse, institutional abuse and grooming. Dr. Davies introduced Brian Daniels to Leigh Day Law firm of great repute in supporting victims of abuse. Both Alison Millar, a partner at Leigh Day and Adrian Jewitt Head Of Marketing came to see WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE and without hesitation they commissioned Brian Daniels in 2015 to write a play looking particularly at ‘peer on peer’ abuse and other issues around historical sexual and physical abuse.

FINISHING TOUCHES  played to a packed house at the Barbican in August 2016 and then for the Department Of Criminology and Social Work at Leeds Beckett University before the performances  in June 2017 at new Fitzrovia Chapel and in Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal.